In 2019, many drivers feel that the sense of camaraderie on the road is completely gone.
It’s more commonplace than ever to hear that truckers don’t chat on the CB, don’t wave to one another, and most importantly don’t always help each other out.
Celadon driver LaTonya S. is relatively new to the industry, but she’s already proved this type of camaraderie isn’t missing at Celadon.
In January 2019, Celadon’s LaTonya was driving down the highway when she was given “the bird” by another trucker trying to pass her. Despite the gesture, she didn’t let it bother her and kept driving.
A few minutes passed, and LaTonya came upon a truck engulfed in flames. It turns out it was the same truck that had just passed her. Without hesitating, Latonya and another driver parked their semi-trucks to stop traffic, called 911, and jumped out to help however they could.
“The only thing I could think of was to put on my safety vest, grab the fire extinguisher, and do whatever I could to help.”
Latonya and the other driver got to the truck and tried to get the driver out while working together to keep the fire down until first responders arrived. She was so focused on trying to save the driver, she didn’t notice that her clothes caught fire during the chaos.
Days later, she received a call from the driver. He told her, “I was going to give up and go down with the ship, but seeing this little woman fighting tooth and nail motivated me to get out.”
Latonya’s outstanding effort, selflessness, and exemplary commitment to safety not only kept other motorists out of danger, but saved another driver’s life that day.
On September 13th, 2019, LaTonya won the Indiana Motor Truck Association’s (IMTA) “What’s So Special About a Truck Driver” contest. She was congratulated and given prizes by representatives from the IMTA, State Police CVED Commander, and other contest sponsors.
We cannot thank LaTonya enough for her heroic actions and for being a hardworking and dedicated driver every day. If you are missing that feeling of camaraderie on the road, look no further than her story to remind you it’s still there.
When LaTonya isn’t saving lives, she’s committed to being a fantastic company driver for Celadon Trucking. She began driving at Celadon in 2017 and plans on staying here for a long time. “I’m not going anywhere. Yeah, I love Celadon.”
LaTonya really appreciates being able to feel like a family at Celadon. “It’s a family company. They get you the miles and they get you home when you need to get home. Most of all, they know you by name, and that means something special to me.”